Council & Weiser Districts Announce Fall Burning Plan
McCall, ID – The Council and Weiser Ranger Districts of the Payette National Forest are planning their fall burning season and plan to implement 4 broadcast burns along with 4 pile burns over the next three months. All of them will be ignited by hand except for the Pole Mill Prescribed Fire which will be ignited by hand and helicopter. Roads and trails leading into these areas will be posted with signs prior to ignition and during implementation. Maps of fire locations can be obtained at the Ranger District offices in Weiser and Council, Idaho.
Prescribed Fires on the West Zone 2011
|Summit Gulch||500||Sept.-Nov.||West of Bear, ID-along Council-Cuprum Rd.|
|Pole Mill||1100||Sept.-Nov.||NW of Cambridge, ID, Highway 71 & South of Mill Creek Rd.|
|East Fork Brownlee||400||Oct.-Nov.||NW Cambridge, ID, Highway 71 & E. Fork Brownlee Creek|
|Crooked River||600||Oct.-Nov.||East of Lafferty Campground on Council-Cuprum Rd.|
|Green Hornet Piles||Oct.-Nov.||Mill Creek/Council Cuprum Rd.|
|Pole Thin Landing Piles||Oct.-Nov.||Polar Bear Meadows|
|Middle Fork Landing Piles||Oct.-Nov.||Middle Fork Weiser|
|Cuprum Piles||Oct.-Nov.||Cuprum/Indian Creek|
A variety of forest resource and fire management goals will be achieved through these planned fires, particularly for habitat improvement related to Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel recovery and firefighter and public safety. The prescribed fires will reduce the amount of vegetation that could carry wildfire into Wildland Urban Interface areas
(WUI), restore fire into the ecosystem to create a more open and resilient forest, and create a forest landscape that is more representative of historic conditions. Burning slash piles will take place at fuel reduction and timber removal sites on the two districts to reduce fire hazard.
Prescribed burning is subject to air quality regulations and these burns will be subject to approval from the Montana/Idaho State Airshed Group. Careful planning (prescription development) and participation in the Montana/Idaho State Airshed Group will reduce the impacts of prescribed burning on air quality by restricting prescribed burning to days when conditions for smoke dispersal are optimal. If at any time smoke dispersal fails to meet air quality objectives ignition will be halted until better conditions exist. Please call Monte Hurd or Christian Ramirez for more information at (208) 253-0100 or 549-4200.
Date: August 29, 2011